The widow of former Lincoln County Magistrate Dexter Todd has filed a lawsuit against Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center and others, claiming that the anesthesia he received at the hospital was a “substantial factor” in his death.
Brenda Todd of Crab Orchard filed the complaint last week in Boyle Circuit Court naming the medical center, Danville Anesthesia Associates, Dr. Bill E. Barnett and nurse Crystal Carpenter as defendants. It seeks an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages.
According to the lawsuit, Dexter Todd was admitted to the Danville hospital on March 28, 2012, for treatment of an unspecified condition. Barnett and Carpenter, a certified registered nurse anesthetist, were negligent in their treatment of Todd by “acts of commission and/or omission, and such negligence was a substantial factor in causing or bringing about the damages sustained” by Todd’s estate and Brenda Todd individually, the complaint maintains.
The medical center and Danville Anesthesia Associates are “vicariously liable” for the actions of their employees, the lawsuit claims.
In a story about Todd’s death, Lincoln County Judge-Executive Jimbo Adams told The Advocate-Messenger that the magistrate checked into McDowell for a scheduled out-patient surgery but became seriously ill after being placed under anesthesia.
Todd remained at the Danville hospital, on and off a ventilator, for about three weeks until he was transferred to St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, where he died on April 19, Adams told the newspaper.
According to the lawsuit, “as a direct result of the negligence of the defendants, Dexter Todd incurred death, conscious pain and suffering,” and his estate sustained medical and funeral expenses, and the loss of his ability to earn money.
Brenda Todd, the executrix of the estate, suffered the loss of her husband’s love and companionship, the complaint states.
The lawsuit was filed by Louisville attorney Adrienne Worsham Kim.